The Roar

Editorial: The problem with FLEX

Jennifer Marks, Opinions & Editorials Editor

February 17, 2014

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Everyone has been in an uproar over the mandatory Silent Sustained Reading implemented in FLEX.  However, is having FLEX in the first place even beneficial? Other than in the allotted silent time to read, FLEX is loud and crowded. Hardly an optimal place to get work done, even though that is the whole point of FLEX. Loudou...

Editorial: Questionable legality

James Kenney, Staff Writer

February 16, 2014

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Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, is unconstitutional. There, I said it. Yet despite my conservative, right sided point of view, I’m not one to call Obama a socialist because of Obamacare. The first reason Obamacare is unconstitutional is that you simply can’t force people to buy something. Yes, the Supreme ...

Editorial: Power to the people of any shape, size, or sexuality

Catie Willett, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 15, 2014

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Within certain religions there are “rules” that believers are supposed to follow. One of the more notable “rules” or beliefs that has been called into question today is the question of “Is gay marriage acceptable?” One of the religions most commonly associated with the answer “No” is the Catholic Church. Alth...

Editorial: Quack Quack

Mariam Eatedali, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 14, 2014

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Most Americans are all for the Constitution. Throw in some freedom of speech and you’re golden. Add a pinch of racism and homophobia and you’ve got “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson in a nutshell. Robertson’s comments on homosexuality and race in a recent interview with GQ magazine have caused a storm of controver...

Editorial: RIP amendment number one

Maddie Thompson, Feature Editor

February 14, 2014

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“Duck Dynasty”, a reality show about “rednecks” from southern Louisiana who made it big in the duck call business, are a bigger hit than one might imagine, and judging by what the featured family members do and say on the show, it is easy to see that they are guided by Christianity in their everyday life. Phil, the pa...

Editorial: How the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry will be reborn in 2014

James Kenney, Staff Writer

February 13, 2014

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The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees have the most storied rivalry in Major League Baseball, stemming originally from a trade bringing Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees after the 1919 season. The two teams have had more benches-clearing brawls than they have had playoff meetings. The most recent brawl came during ...

Editorial: It can wait, unless you’re an adult

Beth Duke, Staff Writer

February 12, 2014

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As a teenage driver, I have a lot of information thrown at me about texting and driving.  The emerging threat is illegal in thirty-nine states, and five states place texting restrictions only on young drivers.  Teens are constantly being given seminars and speeches on the dangers of texting and driving to ourselves and those wi...

Editorial: A note to A-Rod

Andrew Gillis, Staff Writer

February 11, 2014

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Dear A-Rod, Please heed these words: I’m sick of hearing your voice. Stop talking. Every time I turn on ESPN, or even CNN for that matter, I have to hear your sorry voice defend yourself for something that YOU did wrong. You may believe that you are defending your honor or some stupid thing that you created in your diluted ...

Editorial: Let’s go digital

Tasnim Alam, Staff Writer

February 10, 2014

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At this point in life, having a conversation with someone means tearing them away from their computer or phone screen.  Technology has, quite literally, put everything at our fingertips, and made it all accessible with the touch of a button.  In the last couple of years, enough progress has been made with technology that there i...

Editorial: America’s junk food obsession

Amreen Khan, Staff Writer

February 9, 2014

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 In 2010, the American fast food industry boasted a $154.7 billion revenue. That was just the fast food industry. Other companies who produce junk food were not included in this tally. The fact that Americans are willing to spend this much on junk food says something about our society. Moreover, it sheds light on how much ...

Editorial: Time to stop making smart look stupid: An educational Enlightenment

Victoria Callahan, Student Life Editor

February 8, 2014

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 America’s blueprint for our education system dates back to the Enlightenment period. While many changes have been made over the past centuries, the format and basics have continued to be the same. The only thing a batch of students have in common is their age. Throughout their educational years, up to high school, they are tau...

Editorial: The dangers of Snapchat

Catie Willett, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2014

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 Teenagers tend to think of themselves as untouchable; that they’re invincible and can always find a way around the rules. More recently, teens have found a way to manipulate a particular app to send naked pictures. The Smartphone app, Snapchat, was initially created for people to send their ugliest faces to their friend...

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